“Heart of the Flower” depicts the Lotus flower: a life that grows out of muddy water. Despite its unfavourable, murky origins , the Lotus Flower blooms above the water as a pure, beautiful, and delicate flower. This artwork portrays the ability to nurture purity and faithfulness even in times or places of darkness, whilst also embodying the spiritual enlightenment that comes with understanding this natural phenomenon. It teaches that whatever happens in life, you should never forget the resilience and strength in the heart of the lotus flower…
Koshu’s teacher adamantly encouraged her to produce this artwork when she was given her title as a calligraphy teacher. However, she never fully understood why or this painting’s importance until now. After 40 years of holding her brush, she finally realised her teacher’s intention and teaching behind this piece which is written above. Now, every time she holds her brush, she is reminded to remain pure and truthful to herself in order to produce art beautifully. And with this mindset, she was able to create this piece whilst picturing the pure petals of the lotus flowers and using her Hakufu method.
The Word from Buddhism, Koshu’s first Artwork 1991
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